Today’s tutorial is about the block stitch, how to crochet it and how to carry the yarn over to the next row.
Below you will find a detailed illustrated tutorial with step by step instruction, a basic diagram and a video for those who learn better from watching how the stitch is crocheted.
The block stitch pattern is beginner friendly and works up fast using only basic stitches such as single crochet and double crochet.
The pattern is double sided meaning it looks great on either side and so, can be used in a variety of projects, from blankets and afghans to jumpers and shawls.
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Supplies I Used
- Marriner Yarn super chunky (super bulky) in white & gray
Unfortunately MarrinerYarns ships only in the UK, so for my international customers, I can recommend a similar yarn, Red Heart Yarn , which comes in a multitude of colors and weights, just as affordable and easy to work with as Marriner Yarns.
- 10mm crochet hook
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Written in US terms
- ch – chain
- yo – yarn over
- sk – skip
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- dc3cl – three double crochet cluster
- dc1 – first double crochet in the row
- sc1 – first single crochet in the row
- Three Double Crochet Cluster (dc3cl) – 3 double crochet in the same chain space
- First Double Crochet In The Row (dc1) – Once both colors are on the same side of your work, insert your hook through both loops making sure the strings are at the back.
Pull the grey string to the right over the white string, pick up white string, yo and pull through, ch2.
Close the grey loop by pulling on the grey string.
First Single Crochet In The Row (sc1) – The grey yarn, at this point, it’s 2 rows below and it will have to be moved up before starting the new row.
To do that, insert your hook in the top of the first stitch (the first white dc), yo the grey yarn and pull through a loop.
Now make your first single crochet in the row in the space between the first and second double crochet stitch.
Crocheting The Block Stitch Pattern
The pattern is a repeat of two rows and requires multiples of 3 + 2 chains.
For this tutorial, my starting chain was 20 long.
With white yarn
Row 1: ch20
Row 2: dc in 5th chain and in each chain across, don’t turn, drop the loop off the hook, leaving a big loop
With grey yarn
Row 3: go back to the beginning of the row 2 and sl st in the top of the 1st dc, sc in the space between the 1st and 2nd dc, *ch2, sk3, sc in the space between the dc posts*, repeat until the end of the row (your last sc is between the last 2 dc), drop the loop and turn your work
Pick up your white yarn
Row 4: dc1 (explained in the special stitches section), dc3cl in each ch2 space across the row, dc in the last stitch drop the white loop off the hook, don’t turn
Go back to the beginning of row 4 and pick up the grey yarn
Row 5: sc1 (explain in the special stitches section), *ch2, sk3, sc in the space between the dc posts*, repeat until the end of the row, drop the grey loop, turn
Repeat rows 4 and 5 until the required length is achieved.
Finish on a white row.
I have included a basic diagram to help you understand how this pattern is constructed
For those who learn better from watching videos, I’ve made a video tutorial to show you how to crochet the block stitch and how to carry the yarn over to the next row.
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